23rd Oct, 2016

History lovers enjoy wartime experience

Aaron Wise 26th Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

HISTORY lovers were treated to just under1,000 military vehicles and re-enactors when they descended on the Vale.

Wartime in the Vale gave residents the chance to relive and soak up the 1940s atmosphere in one of the largest military re-enactment events in the country, offering action-packed family fun days on Saturday (June 20) and Sunday (June 21) at Ashdown Farm, Badsey.

Visitors turned up in period dress as they stepped back in time to be entertained with aircraft, battles, children’s fayre, military stalls, mini tank rides and singing acts including Kitty Ribbons, Ruby Lamont and Forties DJ Woody.

Event organiser Paul Valiadis said: “The event was a resounding success as we had more than 400 vehicles roll in which is more than ever before.

“The arena where military cars, land rovers and tanks gather, became so congested we had to stop some vehicles going in and create a traffic system, which is quite incredible when the arena is bigger than a football pitch.

“Although the weather was a bit hit and miss, lots of enthusiastic people turned up which made it an overall success and sets us up for planning towards next year.”

The event was sponsored by the Military Vehicle Trust and Cherished Vehicle Insurance, and was attended by The Royal British Legion and Help for Heros.

To find out more information from the event, visit ashdowncamp.webs.com/events.html